Posted: May 22, 2013 4:17 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: May 22, 2013 6:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- Leslie Garnier is pinching pennies to support her growing family.
"We needed to relocate. I was with child, I didn't want to bring the baby where we were living," she told News 2.
So naturally Garnier was thrilled to find a brand new gated community, complete with several green amenities, called Mid City Gardens.
"You wouldn't expect to find a place as affordable as it is," she said.
People who live in the complex have salaries ranging from $20,000 to $60,000. Eligibility depends on family size. Metro Council member Tara Wicker told News 2 it's all about bringing in a wide range of people to the mid-city area.
"This area had been an area that was plagued with homeless population and transient people so now with the housing corps coming in and recapturing this property," she said. "It brings a spark of light."
Wicker hopes that will help turn around a neighborhood, that has seen better days. “I think it gives everybody an opportunity to say ‘hey the mid city area, the downtown area, it's a part of town that really growing it's thriving and it's a place that you wanna be,” she says.
Money to build the complex came from millions in federal dollars.